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Afghan carry body of a woman who was killed in a stampede the city of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. At least 11 women were trampled to death when a stampede broke out Wednesday among thousands of Afghans waiting in a soccer stadium to get visas to Pakistan, officials said. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)

Stampede kills 11 Afghans seeking visas to leave country

Oct. 21, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 11 women were trampled to death when a stampede broke out Wednesday among thousands of Afghans waiting in a soccer stadium to get visas to leave the country, officials said. Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of the eastern Nangarhar province, said another...

Afghan security inspects the site of a suicide car bombing in Ghor province western of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 18. 2020. A suicide car bombing on Sunday killed at least a dozen people and wounded more than 100 others in Afghanistan is western Ghor province officials said. (AP Photo)

US envoy warns new violence threatens Afghan peace process

Oct. 19, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan warned Monday that “distressingly high” levels of violence threaten to derail ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Zalmay Khalilzad's comments come as renewed fighting for days has plagued...

In this Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 file photo, Taliban prisoners watch through the door inside the prison after an attack in the city of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan has been at war for more than 40 years, first against the invading Soviet army that killed more than 1 million people, then feuding mujahedin groups in a bitter civil war followed by the repressive Taliban rule and finally the latest war that began after the 2001 U.S.-led coalition invasion that toppled the Taliban government. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Afghans say preventing next war as vital as ending this one

Oct. 18, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At a Kabul museum honoring Afghanistan’s war victims, talking to visitors reveals just how many layers and generations of pain and grief have piled up during four decades of unrelenting conflict. Fakhria Hayat recalled an attack that changed her family forever. It was 1995,...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2020 file photo, Abdullah Abdullah, center, chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, attends the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar.   Afghan officials say, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020,  more than 5,600 families have fled their homes amid renewed fighting between the Taliban and government forces in southern Helmand province. The upsurge in fighting comes as Afghan government representatives and the Taliban are holding peace talks in Qatar, trying to end the war. (AP Photo/ Hussein Sayed, File)

Over 5,600 Afghan families displaced by fighting in south

Oct. 15, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (AP) — Renewed fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces in southern Helmand province has forced more than 5,600 families to flee their homes, officials said Thursday, the latest flareup that could undermine U.S. efforts to broker peace in the war-torn country. The...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Nayib Armando Bukele, president of El Salvador, is shown on video monitors as he speaks in a pre-recorded video message, during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at UN headquarters. (Loey Felipe/UN Photo via AP)

World leaders, virtual meeting 1.0: Was anybody listening?

Sep. 30, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

In the space of a few minutes, on a prerecorded video filmed thousands of miles from where it was shown, the tech-savvy president of El Salvador captured the two strikingly different sides of this year’s unprecedented — and virtual — “gathering” of world leaders...

Today in History

Sep. 28, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 28, the 272nd day of 2020. There are 94 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 28, 1928, Scottish medical researcher Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the first effective antibiotic. On this date: In 1066, William the Conqueror...

FILE- in this Thursday, March 26, 2020 file photo, Afghan Sikh men mourn their beloved ones during a funeral procession for those who were killed on Wednesday by a lone Islamic State gunman, rampaged through a Sikh house of worship, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s dwindling community of Sikhs and Hindus is shrinking to its lowest levels. With growing threats from the local Islamic State affiliate, many are choosing to leave the country of their birth to escape the insecurity and a once-thriving community of as many as 250,000 members now counts fewer than 700.  (AP Photo/Tamana Sarwary, File)

Facing IS, last embattled Sikhs, Hindus leave Afghanistan

Sep. 27, 2020 4:14 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s dwindling community of Sikhs and Hindus is shrinking to its lowest levels. With growing threats from the local Islamic State affiliate, many are choosing to leave the country of their birth to escape the insecurity and a once-thriving community of as many as...

Member state flags fly outside the United Nations headquarters during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. This year's annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters will be almost entirely

The Latest: Venezuela's Guaidó urges nations to decry Maduro

Sep. 23, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 8:10 p.m. He didn’t get a spot at the U.N. General Assembly. But U.S.-backed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó still put out his own online message during this year’s gathering of world leaders. On...

In this UNTV image, Simonetta Sommaruga, President of Switzerland, speaks in a pre-recorded video message during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from heads-of-state, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic. (UNTV via AP)

They said it: Leaders at the virtual UN, in their own words

Sep. 23, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

Lots of leaders saying lots of things about lots of topics — topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world. That’s what the speechmaking at the U.N. General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain enormous topics and certain louder voices dominate. Here, The...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, Afghan politician Fawzia Koofi speaks to media before the

US Embassy in Kabul warns of extremist attacks against women

Sep. 18, 2020 1:52 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan warned that extremists groups are planning attacks against a “variety of targets” but are taking particular aim at women. The warning didn't specify which organizations were plotting the attacks. But it comes as the Taliban and...